For a change the Baltimore Orioles have one of the most competitive Spring Training rosters in recent memory. Following their breakout playoff season, the team did not make any huge moves, but instead used the offseason to get healthy. With all of the injured players returning to their rightful spots in the lineup, guys like Wilson Betemit will face more pressure to perform a high level on a more consistent basis than last season.
In 2012, Betemit was primarily used all over the field when needed. Prior to Manny Machado getting called up to the O’s, Betemit held down the 3B position. The 31-year-old Dominican also has the ability to play first, but now Chris Davis has moved into to the vacant slot since Mark Reynolds departed to the Cleveland Indians during the offseason.
That leaves DH as the only position that Betemit is first on the depth chart. Through eight games in Spring Training, Betemit is batting just .130 with 11 strikeouts through 21 at-bats. He has three hits, with one of them being a home run. Those aren’t exactly encouraging numbers for a guy that will have the sole responsibility of hitting and nothing else.
Hopefully this is just the rust talking and nothing more. It would be nice for Betemit to pull it together as the season begins and maybe he could play his first full season in his roller coaster like career. The most games in a season his has played is 143 games in 2006 with two separate teams.
Betemit isn’t exactly a franchise type of player as he has been with seven different teams in his 11 year career. The most impressive thing about his career so far is the fact that he was signed by the Atlanta Braves when he was just 15 years old back in 1996. He played with the Braves up until 2006 when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.